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Soul Kitchen (2009)

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In Hamburg, German-Greek chef Zinos unknowingly disturbs the peace in his locals-only restaurant by hiring a more talented chef.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Zinos Kazantsakis
... Illias Kazantsakis
... Nadine Krüger
... Lucia Faust
... Shayn Weiss
Dorka Gryllus ... Anna Mondstein
... Thomas Neumann
Lucas Gregorowicz ... Lutz
Demir Gökgöl ... Sokrates
Cem Akin ... Milli
... Ziege
Catrin Striebeck ... Frau Schuster vom Finanzamt
Ugur Yücel ... Knochenbrecher
... Herr Jung
Monica Bleibtreu ... Nadines Großmutter
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Storyline

In Hamburg, Zinos has a restaurant serving poor-man's fare; he gets by, but his girlfriend has taken a job in Shanghai, he's hurt his back and can't cook, his feckless brother can be on daily parole from jail only if Zinos employs him (though his brother doesn't want to work), a school acquaintance wants to buy the restaurant property, and the tax authority and health inspector are on his case. Zinos hires a temperamental chef and loses all his customers, signs a power of attorney giving his brother full authority at the restaurant, and buys a ticket to Shanghai. Is this a recipe for disaster? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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restaurant | chef | cook | 2000s | burglar | See All (35) »

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Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans

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Comedy | Drama

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25 December 2009 (Germany)  »

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Budget:

€4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,916, 22 August 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$274,385, 7 November 2010
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The actress who played Nadine's grandmother (Monica Bleibtreu) in real life was the mother of the actor (Moritz Bleibtreu) who played the role of the brother of the main character in this movie. Monica Bleibtreu died in May 2009 and is remembered in the closing credits. See more »

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And even a kitchen has a soul...
16 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

Faith Akin, the director, presents a beautiful Hamburg, creates again diverse and strong characters, in a film that returns him to the genre of comedy, and all of these surrounded with an amazing soundtrack. I enjoyed very much this film, the scenography and music is lovely, I could laugh a lot, which is not very common in the recent Akin films such as Gegen die Wand or The Edge of Heaven, which were exquisite, but in a more dramatic and touching way. This film is somehow a return to the soul of much more than a kitchen. Is a sight into the soul of music, food, purpose in life and people indeed. I highly recommend this film, especially for those who, like me, had a great time seeing Im Juli, some years ago.


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